Economic Development

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Creating an environment where businesses and employees thrive.

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From management of the Bend Municipal Airport to oversight and allocation of the City’s affordable housing funds, Economic Development department staff work to connect urban development and workforce development to emerging and future trends to increase the number of jobs and number of businesses in Bend.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Increase business satisfaction for those doing business with the City of Bend
  • Grow and develop a talented workforce
  • Ensure an adequate supply of land for employment and residential uses


Snapshot of local economy (population, jobs, industries) 

If you’re a seasoned number cruncher you can access a suite of local and regional economic data via the links below. Need some extra help? Check out the Deschutes Public Library’s “Book a Librarian” service:

Oregon Employment Department: The Oregon Employment Department's Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon's state and local labor markets.

The Employment Department’s Regional Economist, Damon Runberg, produces frequent reports on labor trends in Bend, Deschutes County, and the East Cascade Region; available here.

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: The Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, revenue, population, corrections population, and Youth Authority population. These forecasts are used by the Governor, the Legislature, state agencies, and the public to achieve their goals.

Book a librarian: If you need help getting a handle on data that you can use to help your business flourish, take advantage of the Deschutes County Public Library’s “Book a Librarian” service. County residents are eligible for a no cost one-on-one session with a professional librarian to review publicly available and subscription only data resources

Quarterly Business Registration List: Access a list of active Bend Business Registration holders, updated quarterly.


The City of Bend works with numerous agencies and local organizations to provide businesses with the right resources and opportunities for assistance. The four organizations listed below provide assistance to businesses ranging from startups to established industries.

Bend Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Visit Bend
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